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2019 State of the University

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands will deliver his fourth State of the University Address on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in the Moss Arts Center.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall. A student performance will precede the address.

The event is free and open to the public, and the Virginia Tech community is encouraged to attend. The university will livestream the event so that students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni located outside Blacksburg can participate.

During his address, Sands will reflect on the previous school year and share his aspirations and ideas for the university in the current academic year.

This year’s address kicks off an active weekend for Virginia Tech. The Hokies will host Old Dominion on Saturday for the home opener of its 2019 football season.  Additionally, the Legacy Society, a giving organization at Virginia Tech, will host its annual celebration with a reception on Friday evening and breakfast on Saturday before the game. Several alumni tailgate events are scheduled also, including Multicultural Alumni and Pamplin Alumni. 

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email during regular business hours.

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Virginia Tech President Tim Sands delivered his first State of the University address in 2016 at the Moss Arts Center.

Sands outlined the university’s history of bold successful moves, and challenged the university community to advance as a national and global leader. He spoke in front of a large audience, including students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni.

Update: The State of the University address has finished. Read a full transcript.

Story: President Sands shares aspirations for Virginia Tech to become a global land-grant university

In an August letter to the Virginia Tech community, President Tim Sands welcomed students, faculty, and staff to join him at the 2017 State of the University. Doors open at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. A student performance will begin around 3:15 p.m., and the address will begin at 3:30 p.m., in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre of the Street and Davis Performance Hall within the Moss Arts Center.

Event Details

  • Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
  • Doors open at 3 p.m.
  • Student performance starts at 3:15 p.m.
  • Event begins at 3:30 p.m.
  • Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Street and Davis Performance Hall,
    Moss Arts Center
  •  The program will be livestreamed, closed captioned, and available on the university website.
  • On social media: #VTSOTU